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Do Not Miss Ella Vos at Okeechobee Music Fest

        Indie-pop singer and songwriter Ella Vos will be playing at Okeechobee Fest on Friday, March 2 at 5:30pm-6:30pm on the Here Stage. I’m excited to see how her hypnotic, melancholy voice translates live. I think she will be one of the breakout stars of 2018, this is a unique opportunity to see heer on a small stage in a crowd full of good vibes. Her debut album, Words I Never Said, is out now. The album features some great songs like “White Noise” and “You Don’t Know About Me.
         An emerging singer, songwriter and visual artist from Los Angeles, Ella Vos is part of the current movement of young, mostly female, pop artists creating music with an explicitly feminist angle. However, Vos is unique because she decided to become an artist when she was pregnant with her now 2-year-old son. Her debut album, Words I Never Said, was inspired by challenges she faced as a new artist and mother. Her songs often touch on taboo subjects, like postpartum depression (“White Noise”), abortion and women’s reproductive rights (“You Don’t Know About Me”), and each have strong messages of hope and empowerment.
      Words I Never Said continues to receive critical praise from the likes of Huffington Post, NYLON, Coveteur, PopCrush, Sweety High, DuJour Magazine, Earmilk, Cool Hunting, Milk.xyz and more. Vos’ songs have over 100M Spotify streams to date, and they’ve soundtracked shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Catfish,” “Life of Kylie” and more. Vos kicks off her first ever North American headlining tour this Friday in Austin, TX.
Tickets are running low for Okeechobee, if you haven’t purchased them yet you can do so here. 

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Joins Forces with The Big Quiet To Host The Largest Sound Meditation…Ever

       For the first time in OMF history, the festival collaborates with the legendary mass meditation movement, The Big Quiet, to host the largest sound meditation ever. The Big Quiet is renowned for bringing together thousands of people at landmarks like Madison Square Garden and the top of the World Trade Center. Designed for people with any level of meditation experience, The Big Quiet incorporates sound practitioners, string instrumentalists and powerful musicians to create a guided meditation experience unlike anything else.
        For the first time on the main stage of an American Music Festival, The Big Quiet will join forces with the festival’s musical artists to create a once-in-a-lifetime collaborative experience. Arcade Fire‘s Sarah Neufeld and Lost In The Trees’ Jenavieve Vargaand will play strings of their choice on a new piece composed specifically for the session. Local Natives’ Taylor Rice and Kelcey Ayer will join on vocals. Sofi Tukker’s Sophie Hawley-Weld will sing an acoustic song, and a performance by Miami’s Frost School of Music’s Choir will close out the experience. The Big Quiet takes place Sunday, March 4th at 3:10PM on the Be Stage. More information and details are available here.
         Relax and refresh at Yogachobee — OMF’s portal-within-the-portal to the internal world of the Self. Yogachobee exists as a home, a place of returning, of integrating, restoring, inspiring, and aligning amidst the storm of magic all around. It is a space where you can always find peace. This year, Yogachobee will host four movement classes each day starting at 9 am, from all levels yoga and acro-yoga to dance improv and vinyasa lead through unique live sets by Afrobeta and Mountain Holler.
          The afternoons are filled with workshops ranging from pine needle basket-making to astral travel, meeting each sunset with a Didgeridoo Sound Odyssey to prepare Okeechobeings for the night ahead. Yogachobee also includes a Healing Corner with massage, midnight music and drum circles to close out the late nights under the Full Moon.
Buy tickets now if you haven’t done so
With Special Musical Guests:
Sarah Neufeld (of Arcade Fire)
Taylor Rice & Kelcey Ayer (of Local Natives)
Sophie Hawley-Weld (of Sofi Tukker)

Top 5 Must-See Acts at Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival

Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival is only 17 days away and I am so ready to dance, sing and get weird with all the beautiful attendees. Okeechobee is one of my favorite music festivals in the country. This is the third year that 30,000 + people will make their way to Sunshine Grove in the middle of Florida. This 4 day camping festival will host some of the biggest names in rock, hip-hop and EDM. Going through the line-up can be a bit overwhelming, but don’t worry I’m here to help. If you are going to Okeechobee Music and Arts Fest, do not, under any circumstance miss these 5 artists.

The Flaming Lips

Nothing in the world really compares to a Flaming Lips live show. Wayne Coyne and friends create an entire universe for you to enter and disappear into. If Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka went on tour with Pink Floyd, it would be something like the Flaming Lips live. They currently only have 9 US tour dates set up, do not miss these guys.

Tipper

Tipper is currently set up for only two shows this year. This legendary DJ is teaming up with some insane visual artists (Datagrama) to create an experience like no other. It’s Tipper, don’t question me.

The Districts

These four dudes from Philadelphia (well right outside Philly) bring everything you need in a rock and roll show. They play their hearts out everytime I have seen them, Rob Grote, Connor Jacobus, Braden Lawrence and Pat Cassidy are everything that rock should be. Hands down one of my favorite artists out right now.

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire has been one of the top bands in the United States since they released their breakthrough album “Funeral” in 2004. Since then they have been nominated and won several Grammys. I have never seen them live, but I have heard nothing but good things. I love this band and their entire discography (Reflektor was just OK). I can not wait to scream “Wake Up” with everyone.

The Pow Wow

Holy Mary mother of God I am excited for this. Snoop Dogg with The Roots and Chaka Khan?! Are you kidding me Okeechobee? You’ve outdone yourself with this. I really don’t know what else to say, but thank you.

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If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet you can do so here. You have until 2/19 to have your tickets shipped out, but be careful. It sold out last year and people were losing their minds trying to get tickets. Hope to see you there!

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Spring Awakening Phase 1 Lineup

SPRING AWAKENING MUSIC FESTIVAL – just announced a massive Phase One lineup for its seventh annual installment, taking placeFriday, June 8th through Sunday, June 10th. In 2018, the largest all-electronic music festival in the Midwest will return to the beautiful Addams/Medill Park in Chicago.

Spring Awakening’s two main stages – Solstice and Equinox – will once again showcase the event’s biggest names and productions. Headliners on the Solstice Stage are sure to please fans with performances by AFROJACKBORGORECARNAGEDASH BERLIN, DIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKEHARDWELLKASKADESTEVE AOKI, and TIËSTO.

Meanwhile, on the Equinox Stage, ALISON WONDERLANDBIG GIGANTIC,DEADMAU5FLUX PAVILIONNGHTMRETCHAMISLUSHIIVIRTUAL SELF (Porter Robinson’s new alias that blends house, happy hardcore, garage and techno), and ZEDS DEAD round out the bill by featuring a variety of genres within the realm of dance music. Additional artists providing high-intensity energy on the Equinox Stage include BAAUER, BLACK TIGER SEX MACHINEJOYRYDE, MATOMAMINNESOTA, while 3LAU, GETTERSAM FELDTSEVEN LIONSSLANDER, and TRITONAL takeover the Solstice Stage.

To accompany the first phase of artists from around the world, Spring Awakening also reveals the identity of this year’s six Branded Stage showcases. React’s coveted event series will return with another round of specially curated stages for fans to explore. Whether you’re searching for soaring thrills and infectious rhythms of the TRANCE ARENA, the BASS KITCHEN’s perfect combination of grit and grime, or minimal beats by REQUIEM, the newest techno series, there’s a stage for everyone to call home.

Additionally, SAMF will host stage takeovers from three diverse brands within the dance music community. Attendees will experience uniquely tailored lineups from SUNDAYSCHOOL, featuring both big-name and underground champions currently dominating the scene, Oliver Helden’s HELDEEP Records imprint, and the acclaimed music publications MAG with its own all-star lineup of DJs from the highest realms of EDM stardom.

Phase Two will be released next week!

FESTIVAL ASSETS
Ticketing Link: www.springawakeningfestival.com
Phase One Announce Images: http://bit.ly/SAMF18_Phase1Announce
Phase One Spotify Playlist: http://spoti.fi/2nzBnMq
2017 Aftermovie: https://youtu.be/eiK_Q98dNYY
High Res Photos: http://bit.ly/SAMF18_HighRes

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Ganja White Night The Origins LP Out Today February 5th, 2018

     Out today, February 5th, Ganja White Night  released The Origins LP, featuring collaborations with Zeds Dead, Caspa, Boogie T, and labelmates Dirt Monkey. The Zeds Dead collaboration, “Samurai” premiered last week on Billboard describing it as “One of the most beautiful and alluring electronic dance tracks we’ve heard in a while.” The album, released on their own label, Subcarbon Records, is accompanied by a narrative video series by renowned graffiti artist Ebo, who will join them on select dates of a new US  tour featuring Subcarbon label mates. Even though each concert on the tour will open with a B2B DJ set from the roster, GWN’s performance features live instrumentation, editing, remixing and improvisation more like a band playing only original material.
     Inspired by composers like Hans Zimmer, Ganja White Night (aka the Wobble Brothers) create cinematic bass music that incorporates reggae, dub, hip-hop, and drum and bass with influences from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. “We have some inspirations that never change,” they say. “We’ve always been fans of ethnic sounds and ethnic voices, long intros, harmonies.” On The Origins, this includes guest vocals from singer Simona Brezanova.
From languid introductions to intense party jams and downtempo grooves, the twelve tracks tell the story of Mr. Wobble, a superhero who creates music and the world he inhabits. Of the shifts in tone and tempo, the duo says, “Back in the day contrast was important, having a phrase answered by another one, it’s a discussion between two songs or grooves.”
     They approach collaborations in the same poetic spirit. Teaming up with Caspa, in particular, was the fulfillment of an actual dream. After meeting at a show in Minneapolis in 2016 and beginning to work on a track via Skype, Ben relayed a story to Caspa. “At one point I said, ‘I have to tell you something, Gary. Ten years ago you came to Belgium and played a show in a small room…’ I was so close to the DJs I could almost touch them. I have this picture of him pointing at me. I showed him this picture and told him, I knew this would happen in a dream.’”
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      The collaboration with Zeds Dead, which came down to the wire and almost didn’t happen, turned out to be one of the most surprising tracks either act has recorded. Billboard raved: A striking piano intro slowly opens the door toward a sonic landscape rich with exotic textures. Yes, this tune has bass, but it’s delivered in a subtle, evolutionary way that speaks to a strong sense of musicality and directive. Honestly, if this is what Zeds Dead and Ganja White Night are capable of together, they should have combined forces years ago.”
      Aside from telling the story of Mr. Wobble, another reason for the album’s title refers to its similarity to their debut. “We didn’t care about making ‘easy to mix’ tracks,” they say. “We did that again for this album. We thought some tracks need a universe. If it takes a two-minute intro to make the drop worth it, that’s what we do.” They also didn’t rush the album, which they began working on in the fall of 2016. “We try to release an album every year since we started in 2010. 2017 is the first year we didn’t do that because we were touring too much to make it happen on time,” they say.
     Ganja White Night formed in Brussels and with support from an ardent community for a string of wall-rattling hits, the duo has become international sensations, a phenomenon sure to continue once The Origins drops. “I’m not the least bit hesitant to say that this new album is going to be the one that we’re the most happy about to date,” Ben promises.
LISTEN TO 15 MINUTE PROMO MIX OF “THE ORIGINS” HERE
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Song of the Week TITUS ANDRONICUS – “ABOVE THE BODEGA (LOCAL BUSINESS)”

Last month, Titus Andronicus released the revelatory “Number One (In New York),” the opening track from the forthcoming album A Productive Cough (available March 2), as the door was kicked open to an intriguing new era for one hell of a unique and unpredictable act in contemporary rock music. Today “Above the Bodega (Local Business).”

Listen to & share “Above the Bodega (Local Business)” by Titus Andronicus now

Patrick Stickles and company boldly sashay into previously uncharted territories, digging deeper and grooving harder than ever before. Driven by a propulsive engine of shakers and congas, zesty horns and funky clavinet lift “Above the Bodega (Local Business)” into a soulful sphere worthy of the Stones in Memphis, further illuminating the sprawling aesthetic universe of A Productive Cough.

“All the songs on [A Productive Cough] deal with the realities of life, as I understand them, in my adopted hometown of New York City,” explains Stickles, “and one quality that does much to define New York City life is the access to 24-hour consumption. The first floor of the apartment building in which I live is occupied by a deli-grocery, to which I give my patronage several times a day. As a result, I have developed a particular understanding with the staff there which I have not so far heard articulated in song. Thusly, I took it upon myself to write the ‘ultimate’ song explicating the bodega clerk-patron relationship.”

Pressed to elaborate further, Stickles darts his eyes left to right and back again, then down to the floor, exhaling, and expands, “More and more, we are defined by the things which we consume, and those who facilitate that consumption may glimpse a more truthful view of ourselves than the carefully curated image we share with our loved ones. No one knows the depths of my vice better than they who oversee the transactions which make it possible—in this way, the deli clerk knows me better than my own mother.”

When visiting A-Productive-Cough.com, check out +@’s first ever “acoustic” tour, in which Patrick Stickles will perform in a duo configuration with pianist Alex Molini, commencing March 7 in Kingston, NY, with direct support on all dates by Rick Maguire from Pile.

A Productive Cough is available for pre-order on blue-gray Peak Vinyl which includes a jukebox-inspired 7-inch of “(I’m) Like a Rolling Stone,” a track that does not appear on the physical LP except as part of the download, its nearly 9-minute length split across both sides of the single. Explore all pre-order options including an exclusive $10 t-shirt add-on in the Merge store (where all purchases come with a free temporary “Crass[-inspired] Tattoo” while supplies last), at your favorite participating independent record store, or via these digital music providers.

Titus Andronicus on tour:
Mar 07 Kingston, NY – BSP Kingston
Mar 08 Boston, MA – The Sinclair
Mar 09 Providence, RI – AS220
Mar 10 Burlington, VT – Arts Riot
Mar 11 Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz
Mar 13 Toronto, ON – Great Hall
Mar 14 Detroit, MI – El Club
Mar 15 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
Mar 16 Madison, WI – The Frequency
Mar 17 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
Mar 18 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
Mar 19 Denver, CO – Globe Hall
Mar 20 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Mar 22 Boise, ID – Treefort Festival
Mar 23 Seattle, WA – Crocodile
Mar 24 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
Mar 27 Sonoma, CA – Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Mar 28 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
Mar 29 Santa Cruz, CA – Crepe Place
Mar 31 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater
Apr 02 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
Apr 03 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
Apr 06 Ft. Worth, TX – Ridglea Room
Apr 07 Austin, TX – Barracuda
Apr 08 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Apr 10 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
Apr 11 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Apr 12 Durham, NC – The Pinhook
Apr 13 Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
Apr 14 Philadelphia, PA – UArts Black Box
Apr 15 Brooklyn, NY – Murmrr TheatreTitus

J Roddy Walston and The Business – Reddit AMA

If you know me, you know my feelings on J Roddy. They are pure rock and roll. A Jack Daniels fueled modern Led Zeppelin. I absolutely love these guys, if you haven’t heard of them before, I strongly suggest checking them out.
This week, J. Roddy Walston and the Business hit the road in support of their fourth studio album, Destroyers of the Soft Life, released in fall 2017 via ATO Records. Before they hit the road, Rod is doing a Reddit AMA for fans to ask him about his music, songwriting process, life on the road as a dad… anything.

The AMA will take place Wednesday, January 24 at 1pm EST at: https://www.reddit.com/r/music

Destroyers of the Soft Life is full of melodic songwriting with sharp observations about American culture and has received praise from Rolling StoneBillboardAmerican SongwriterUproxxCLASH and more. During the recording, Walston became a father for the first time, inspiring lyrics that take an unflinching look at family dynamics and parental motivations.

The album is co-produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Built To Spill, Father John Misty.) Destroyers of the Soft Life brings a brighter, more nuanced sound that teased out the band’s latent pop sensibilities without skimping on energy or attitude.

The Destroyers of the Soft Live’ tour starts on Friday in Boston with stops in Philly, Chicago, Cleveland, NYC, Tempe, Pittsburgh and more with a mid-run jaunt to Punta Cana for My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday and ending at Bottlerock in Napa. 
A full list of tour dates can be found below with more to come for the summer.

WATCH/ SHARE “TAKE IT AS IT COMES”

WATCH / SHARE “THE WANTING”

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGO-0OKhXsI

STREAM / PURCHASE DESTROYERS OF THE SOFT LIFE AT:
Spotify | Official Store | Amazon | Apple Music | Google Play

“A massive record, one that would transform their raucous, Southern barroom boogie into anthemic arena rock, brimming with vocal hooks and sporting crystalline production to match.” 
– Billboard

“The Baltimore quartet has added a dose of anthemic drive to their soaring song structures and sing-along melodies”
– Paste

J. Roddy Walston and the Business Dates:
Jan 26 – Boston, MA – Royale *
Jan 27 – Philadelphia, PA – Xfinity Live!
Jan 29 – Toronto, Canada – Velvet Underground *
Jan 31 – Lansing, MI – The Loft *
Feb 02 – Chicago, IL – Metro
Feb 03 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop *
Feb 05 – Harrisburg, PA – Appalachian Brewing *
Feb 07 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel *
Feb 08 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club *
Feb 23 – Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson **
Mar 02 – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday
Mar16 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
Mar 20 – Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock
Mar 25 – Tempe, AZ – Innings Festival
Mar 28 – Fayetteville, AR – Georg’s Majestic Lounge
Mar 30 – Fort Wayne, IN – Brass Rail
Mar 31 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
May 27 – Napa, CA – Bottlerock Festival 


* w/ Post Animal
** w/ Futurebirds

Suwannee Hulaween Sold Out! Announces Charitable Causes w/ Proceeds Donated to Hurricane Disaster Relief Victims!

Giving Back to Their Home State

  • Hulaween is officially sold out, to celebrate they just raised the bar on how awesome a music festival can be. No they didn’t just add a bunch of artists to the lineup, they are having a fundraiser and donating all the proceeds to those who were affected by the hurricanes that hit Florida and Puerto Rico.
  • This year, they are running a webcast of 3 x String Cheese Incident sets on the Saturday of the festival as a Pay Per View stream – with every dollar being donated to hurricane relief funds. Hulaween has the capacity to raise a lot of money for victims in their home state of Florida as well as Puerto Rico.
  • The Silver Wrapper crew (producers of Hula) were going to produce a sold out Pretty Lights festival called Island of Light in PR this December, but because of the destruction canceled it and turned their efforts towards raising money and awareness for victims.
  • Hulaween is also running a food drive for a local FL charity and a pre-party with all proceeds going to the same cause – so they are really giving a big push for good in line with their 5th and first sold out edition.

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Less than a week before the fifth year anniversary of Suwannee Hulaween marks its first officially sold out edition, the team behind this iconic event has turned their attention and community towards those in need with the launch of a string of charitable causes and activation.

Hulaween, Silver Wrapper, Purple Hat, and The String Cheese Incident have aligned their resources to produce a charity-driven Pay Per View stream of SCI live from the festival. By donating to support hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and Florida, String Cheese fans can enjoy three sets of the scene-leading act from the sold out show streamed live to their couch on Saturday October 28th. The sets will include the band’s much anticipated night closing foray into the festival’s ‘Night of the Loving Dead’ theme with musical selections inspired by the feeling and principles of love.

Every dollar donated through the The String Cheese Incident live stream will be thoughtfully split between those in Hulaween’s host state of Florida who were affected by Hurricane Irma plus a fund started by Silver Wrapper for Puerto Rico following the necessary post-hurricane cancellation of their nearly sold-out Island of Light destination festival in partnership with Pretty Lights.

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An Awesome Display of Lights From a Disco Ball During a Set by My Morning Jacket

The charitable energy will continue into Hulaween itself as the festival will team up with The Suwannee Music Foundation and Conscious Alliance to host their inaugural food drive in support of Love Inc Food Bank in Live Oak FL. The first 600 patrons to donate non-perishable, health oriented food items will receive a commemorative Suwannee Hulaween poster, created by talented artist Nic Bogdal.

To build additional financial support for rightfully of the moment causes and an equally important awareness amongst festival attendees, Hulaween will be hosting Pre-Party Hurricane Relief Fundraiser on Wednesday October 25th at SOSMP Music Hall of which all proceeds will directly benefit Love Inc of Live Oak, FL. The event will feature a run of live-acts fit to kick off the festival for those looking to arrive early and make a difference.

For five years this movement shaping event has offered its loyal followers a doorway into a visionary paradise, a channel into a reality defined by boundless surprises and exploration. Now, alongside their partners, Hulaween calls upon their community to use the values and ethos fostered at the event to make a positive impact on the world around them.

Click Here for More Info On Hulaween

For More Information and to Pre-Order Pay Per View Webcast of SCI Live from Hulaween Visit: www.suwanneehulaween.com/community-outreach

To Donate to the Hurricane Irma Relief Fund Visit: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-irma-relief-fund/

To Donate to Island of Light for Puerto Rico Visit:https://www.gofundme.com/island-of-light-united-for-pr

To Stream Direct from Nugs.TV Visit: http://2nu.gs/SCIHula

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Going to a Music Festival Sober – Hulaween 2017

A music festival usually isn’t the first thing to come to mind when someone is talking about being sober or in recovery; rightfully so. Drugs are pretty damn common at most music festivals; mollyecstasymushroomsacid and weed are the most prevalent. Beers are being cracked and wine bags are being slapped as often as high fives. Does anyone go to a music festival like Hulaween sober? If so how do they do it?

This will be my first year at Hulaween and I am choosing to go to this festival totally clean and sober. No beer, no weed, no nothing. I’m no stranger to music festivals, I’ve been to dozens, this will be my first time going without any mood or mind altering substances. I have a lot of friends who are recovering addicts and alcoholics who I have gone to multiple festivals with, so I want to experience this festival the way they do.

The Sober People At Music Festivals

I’m hoping to have the opportunity and the privilege to sit down with those who do Hulaween sober. Some of these people are recovering drug addicts and alcoholics who choose to live everyday sober, others made the decision that I have and just stay clean for Hulaween.

Having attended Bonnaroo 4 times, each time with sober members in my group I am very familiar with the sober support they have set up there.

The guys and gals over at Soberoo help hundreds of recovering addicts/alcoholics stay clean during their stay at Bonnaroo. Soberoo officially started in 2009, but have been there helping people stay clean since 2002. They host 4 meetings a day for all patrons, these meetings are free to attend and are 100% anonymous. Average attendance per meeting is around 50-75 people.

These meetings are a safe place for the attendees to speak freely about their experiences and ask for advice. Some people will talk about their current day or past days at ‘Roo, while others will share their stories. These groups have an amazing energy and the amount of support among the meetings is astounding. They also host 2 meetings a day for the artists and the crew, these are not open to general admission.

Soberoo isn’t just limited to Bonnaroo, they go to over a dozen major festivals throughout the US, helping thousands of people a year stay sober at music festivals. Festivals like Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Panorama, Electric Daisy Carnival, Lightning in a Bottle and Governors Ball. Their name changes depending on the festival, but it’s usually just the festival name with “sober” added to it. I’m assuming Hulaween’s will be something like Soberween or similar.

If you are in recovery and on the fence about going to Hulaween because you have a fear of losing your sobriety just know there is support there. Feel free to email me directly and we can meet up. I’d be happy to introduce you to some amazing people to make the best of your experience. You can and will have an amazing time at Hulaween in sobriety.

The 5 Bands You Must See at Hulaween

Hulaween is less than 30 days away from celebrating its fifth year as one of the most beloved musical festivals in the United States. Hulaween will be returning to the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL from October 27th-29th with an extremely diverse and stacked line up. There are far more than 5 bands that you need to see this year at Hulaween, this is my list of must see sets for Hulaween 2017.

Run The Jewels 

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Run the Jewels live 3 times. My first time was at Bonnaroo in 2015. It was hands down one of the most energetic, passionate and out of control hip hop shows I’ve ever seen. Killer Mike and El-P are a force, they have chemistry that is unparalleled in live music. They create an atmosphere and energy force that the crowd feeds off. Their lyrics, the crowd, the energy and the relentless and heavy beats are all near flawless. This all comes together to create one of the best live shows anywhere in the world. Being part of it at Hulaween is a must see/experience event.

 

Go see RTJ if:

  • You Like Rowdy Hip Hop
  • You Feed Off The Energy from the Crowd
  • Catchy and Heavy Beats Make You Move Your Feets
  • You Enjoy Robbing People in the Streets

Moon Taxi

I first heard of Moon Taxi when they played at Hangout Fest in 2014. They covered a ton of Rage Against the Machine and absolutely killed it. After their set I decided get a few of their albums. While their studio stuff is very different than RATM, it was still some awesome stuff. Alt rockers at their core, Moon Taxi put on an amazing live show. I had the pleasure of seeing them again at Okeechobee Fest 2017 and they did not disappoint.

Go see Moon Taxi if:

  • Long Haired Front Men Get You Going
  • You Like a Good Alt Rock Band
  • You Want to See a RATM Song Covered Correctly

 

Space Jesus

I don’t really know how to explain Space Jesus, so bare with me. Space Jesus is a Brooklyn based Messiah who rains down dirty bass from far off electronic lands upon all of his apostles. He is a welcome new sound to the now over flooded EDM scene. His live sets are absolutely insane. He has a religious following of die hard fans that bring an astonishing amount of energy to his already wild sets.

Go See Space Jesus if:

  • You Love Bass
  • You Want Some Different Type of Dub Step
  • Wubba Lubba Dub Dub
  • You’re Ready to Sweat

 

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

Do you like lyrically driven folk rock? A leading man who can control a crowd with hypnotist like abilities? Stomping your feet and dancing along with 1,000’s of other people? Taking shots of whiskey in the middle of  a hot summer day? If you answered yes to any of those questions then you need to see Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. I saw Nathaniel Rateliff before he was with the Night Sweats in 2013, he opened for Dr. Dog and The Lumineers, his set was heartfelt, packed with energy and extremely memorable.

Rateliff has been doing this for a long time, his recent jump to fame came when he formed his newest band. Their song “S.O.B” felt like an overnight sensation, helping NR&NS tour across the world.

Go See Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats live if:

  • See questions 1-4 in paragraph 1 of this section.

Jacob Banks

“Born in Nigeria, Jacob Banks moved to Birmingham in England at the age of 13. Not short of talent, the Brit dabbled in all forms of the creative arts and began singing, playing guitar, and writing songs at the age of 20. A music lover first and foremost, Banks got his start at open mic nights and quickly garnered a following for his commanding vocal presence and daringly intimate songwriting. His music features richly textured beats, with its 808s and synth play, African inspired grooves and a soulful disposition that culminates in an unstoppable new sound. His stage presence leaves you wanting a bit more, but trust me, he has the voice of an angel.

There are dozens of more acts I want to see at Hulaween; Portugal the Man, RL Grime, Disco Biscuits, String Cheese (obviously, they’re Gods), Future Rock, Kamasi Washington and the Jon Stickley Trio just to name a few. Hulaween’s lineup is diverse and stacked as usual, but this festival is about way more than just the music. I always try to catch as many sets as possible, but sometimes there are things going on beyond the music that can captivate you.

If you haven’t purchased your tickets to Hulaween yet, get on that now, they’re selling out fast. I hope to see you there!